Marnie-Ruth Dunstan
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Marnie-Ruth Dunstan is now a member of Contemporary Performance Network
Apr 2

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Performance Discipline
Piano; Orchestral conducting
I am an experienced music educator, and currently Head of Music-Curriculum at an independent girls school on the Eastern suburbs of Sydney. I studied piano at the Sydney Conservatorium, and graduated from Sydney University with a degree in Music and teaching.

As an experienced choral and orchestral conductor, I have established and developed two orchestras in the schools I have taught in. One of my passions is to arrange music for orchestra. I am also a choral conductor and I have conducted small acappella choral ensembles as well as massed SATB and SSA choirs. I have led choral and instrumental tours within Australia, and in 2007, led an orchestral and choral tour to New York. In 2014, I was part of an ANZAC tour to Europe, where my orchestra performed at Australia House, at the Hyde Park dawn service, as well as Westminster Abbey later on ANZAC day.

I have been MD for a number of musicals in the schools I have taught in. My primary instrument is the piano, but I am also an accomplished vocalist, and I play the violin.

I have studied conducting with John Hopkins, Ron Smart and George Ellis, as well as attending numerous workshops and seminars on choral and orchestral conducting. Under my baton, choral groups and orchestras have won prizes in eisteddfodau and competitions.

I am passionate about music education, and I have lectured Diploma of music students at Wollongong University on a part time basis. I believe fervently in a broad music education for students and I spend much time and thought integrating co curricula programs with curriculum work.

As accompanist for the Illawarra choral society for many years, I have been associate artist for works such as Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, Bach’s St Matthew’s Passion and Mass in B minor, and Handel’s Messiah.

In previous years, I have conducted concert bands and jazz bands, but these days, the majority of my professional time is devoted to developing music curriculum.

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